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2017/04/07

Punk’s not dead at Art Basel

Stooges Burn-Out
Dave Allen, Douglas Gordon, Jonathan Monk, Stooges Burn-Out (1995)

Visitors may be surprised to find punk-inspired works across the blue-chip fair

In this video, the three artists repeatedly trudge through the verse of I Wanna Be Your Dog by the proto-punk band The Stooges. In true punk spirit, they can barely play their instruments, but keep on going until the cigarette placed on the guitar head burns out. The piece, priced at €1,000, comes in an edition of 50. Gordon is also staging a performance piece, Bound to Hurt, at Art Basel. It includes the music of punk band Throbbing Gristle—and disco queen Donna Summer.

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